City of Boston

GospelFest in Boston City Hall Plaza | July 15

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that the 12th GospelFest will take place on Sunday, July 15, 2012, from 5pm to 8pm on City Hall Plaza. The popular gospel event, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, provides a platform for both contemporary and traditional gospel and features both local talent and national headliners. The headliner of this year’s festival is Kim Burrell. >> Read More

Ayiti Cherie March 24

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be hosting a special event on March 24, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., “Ayiti Chérie - from Boston to Haiti: The work continues...”. This event will provide an opportunity to recognize the great work that was done to support Haiti and Boston's Haitian residents following the tragic earthquake of 2010, as well as the work that continues in the City of Boston! The event will be held at Mildred Avenue Middle School, 5 Mildred Avenue in Mattapan. For more information, please call 617.635.3846.

Black Community Leaders Reception @ City Hall Dec. 12

In order to develop a sound working relationship with elected leaders, there will be a Black Community Leaders Reception with Boston City Council at The Curley Room, 5th Floor, Boston City Hall. The meeting will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The new city council will be sworn in on January 1st - come share your ideas and concerns with them on  Monday, December 12, 2011 Refreshments will be served.

Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)



Email: (Bowdoin-Geneva); (Mattapan)


The Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), a cross-departmental group representing Public Works, Transportation, Inspectional Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, seeks to address the local and specific issues affecting Boston's neighborhoods. Meeting with residents, community organizations, and numerous municipal bodies, the Team will focus on basic city services and improvements such as street lighting and sidewalk repairs, prioritizing trash and debris removal, and cracking down on problem properties and health and safety violations.

As of Nov. 2011, there are three regular NRT meetings, to address Mattapan, Codman Square, and Four Corners; Dudley Square and Blue Hill Ave.; and the Bowdoin-Geneva areas. The meetings are co-chaired, with one chair representing an official body (such as the Office of Health and Human Services) and other representing area residents. 

The Mattapan/Codman Square/Four Corners meeting covers city services, with (as of Nov. 2011) a noted emphasis on foreclosure/absenteeism.

Likewise, the Dudley/Blue Hill Ave. meeting covers city services. Prostitution is seen to be particularly bad problem in the area and many interdepartmental actions have worked to address this issue (as of Nov. 2011).

The Bowdoin-Geneva meeting incorporates human services in addition to city services, with an emphasis on youth development and violence prevention -- specifically, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative. See a release on the formation of the Bowdoin-Geneva NRT here.

Key Partners: 

City Agencies:

Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Code Enforcement, Department of Neighborhood Development, Inspectional Services, Jobs and Community Services, Office of Human Services, Office of Neighborhood Services, Mayor's Office, Public Works Department, others?


Community Organizations and Collaborations:

Bowdoin Geneva Violence Intervention and Prevention, Upham's Corner Violence Intervention and Prevention,
United Neighbors Association (UNA), 4-Street Crime Watch, 

Bird Street Community Center, College Bound Dorchester, Family Nurturing Center, Roxbury Resource Center,


Faith-based: First Parish Church in Dorchester, St. Peter's Parish, 


Main Streets:

Bowdoin-Geneva Main Street
Four Corners Main Street


Bowdoin Street Health Center

Partial list!

Key Programs Offered: 

Biweekly meetings; neighborhood walkthroughts; forum for cross-departmental, cross-sector collaboration and neighborhood improvement.


Get Your Membership with Hubway!


Get Your Hubway Membership! Hubway allows you to access hundreds of bicycles at stations across Boston. Hubway is a simple, low cost and reliable way to get around the City. All are welcome to join and many residents of Dorchester may be eligible for a subsidized membership. Boston Public Health Commission is providing subsidized annual memberships for low income Boston residents at $15.00/year, which includes a free helmet. Get your subsidy code from the Boston Public Health Commission, and redeem your code at or by calling 1-855-(4 HUBWAY). Use your key to access a bike at any New Balance Hubway station. To find a station, look for a Boston Bikes Map, or go to Return the bike to any New Balance Hubway station. Repeat as many times as you like! Don’t forget to bring your helmet. Best of luck navigating. This is plenty of time to run an errand, get some exercise, connect to the T and ride for fun! You can view a flyer here.

D3 Candidate Forum in Mattapan, Sep. 20

Harbor Health Services, Inc. invites you attend a candidate’s night for the District 3 City Council seat. The event takes place at Harbor’s Elder Service Plan location, 1135 Morton Street in Mattapan on Tuesday September 20 at 6:00 p.m. Your voice is your vote, so please join the community for this unique nonpartisan forum to discuss the health of the district and meet the seven candidates who are running to represent you. Location features plenty of free parking and light refreshments will be served. Contact Kate Audette, Policy Analyst at Harbor Health, for more information: 617.533.2358. >> Read More

Special City Announcement Re: Housing Development, Sep. 1

The Fayston Street Residents Association, Lawrence Avenue Group and Blue Hill Ave., Quincy St., Magnolia St. and Howard Ave. Neighborhood Association invite you to an announcement by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and HUD at 10 a.m on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at the intersection of Quincy St. and Magnolia St. Please join Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Project RIGHT, Inc. and your neighbors!

Parking is available at the former Pearl Meats lot on Quincy Street (across from Dunkeld and Mascoma). For more info, call Project RIGHT, Inc. @ 617.541.5451.x102, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation @ 617.825.4200 or Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation @ 617.442.5711.

7th Annual Hub on Wheels Bike Ride, Sep. 25

Join your neighbors and city officials for the 7th annual Hub On Wheels citywide bike ride on Sunday, September 25th, 2011. Experience a car-free Storrow Drive, explore hidden pathways and historic neighborhoods, and take in views of the Boston Harbor that you've never seen before. Codman Square is one of the stops along the route! The same day, the Boloco Block Party, featuring music, games and fun; and the TD Bank Mayor's Cup, a professional race; will enliven City Hall. >> Read More

Boston Bike Friday, Jul. 29

DotBikeJoin the Dorchester Convoy for Boston Bike Friday on Friday, July 29! Ride to a festival with free breakfast at City Hall Plaza. Dorchester bikers will leave Peabody Square (from Ashmont Cycles) at 7:00 a.m. You can also join up along the way: Fields Corner at 7:10 a.m. or Columbia Rd. at 7:20 a.m. Represent Dorchester and sign up online at

B-2 Police Station Ribbon Cutting, Jul. 30

B2 StationMayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force cordially invite you to the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Area B-2 Police Station! The ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2011. The station is located at 2400 Washington Street, Roxbury.

For more information, please contact Keith Williams, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at (617)635-3485 or

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